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Pizza Delivery
Season №: 1
Episode №: 5a
Airdate: August 14, 1999
Sister episode(s): "Home Sweet Pineapple"
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
Storyboard Artist(s): Aaron Springer
Storyboard: Sherm Cohen
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Boating School"
Next: "Home Sweet Pineapple"
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"Pizza Delivery" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob and Squidward deliver a pizza.



After getting a call to have a pizza delivered, The Krusty Krab makes its very first pizza delivery. Mr. Krabs decides to have Squidward deliver it. Squidward hesitates and asks why SpongeBob cannot just deliver it by himself. Mr. Krabs who was clearly not listening and declares "Great idea, take him with ya!", so SpongeBob and Squidward go to deliver a pizza. 

However, SpongeBob cannot drive, and is still in boating school. When he tries to shift into reverse he ends up "backing up" miles and miles into the middle of nowhere, until their boat runs out of gas whereupon Squidward and SpongeBob become stranded. SpongeBob then suggests delivering the pizza on foot, and they start walking. SpongeBob begins to sing a song about the Krusty Krab Pizza, and how it is the best pizza on the sea floor. Then, they get whirled into a tornado, and Squidward tells SpongeBob to let go of the pizza, but the pizza saves their lives when SpongeBob transforms it into a parachute. But when they land, they land further into the wilderness. Spongebob trys to get squidward to go in the direction the moss is pointing (the first of his "pioneer tricks"), but squidward goes in the other direction, despite there being civilization where the moss was pointing. After a while, spongebob trys hitchhiking, but Squidward has to save him when a truck doesn't stop for him. Squidward tries to get SpongeBob to give him the pizza, but SpongeBob insists "It's for the customer." Squidward has about given up hope when spongebob finds a giant rock and says that pioneers rode them for miles.

Squidward does not believe SpongeBob, but after SpongeBob runs him over in it he hops on and they drive the rock all the way to the customer's house. The customer gets furious that he did not get the Diet Dr. Kelp he says he ordered (which he ordered, but at that time, Mr. Krabs put the phone down) and refuses to take or pay for the pizza. SpongeBob starts crying (and absorbs his tears). Angered that he and spongebob went through all that nonsense to get the customer his pizza and now he won't pay for it, Squidward bangs on the door and slams the pizza into the customer's face, telling SpongeBob he "ate the whole thing in one bite." After the confrontation, they hop back on the rock and SpongeBob exclaims "We have just enough time to get back to work!" and backs up a short distance to the Krusty Krab, much to Squidward's dismay.



Deleted Scene

The last scene showing Squidward saying "Oh, my aching tentacles!" this scene was cut in some countries because viewers thought he said, "Testi----."


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  We're Saved - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [opening]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [customer orders pizza on phone]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [vehicle inspection]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob backs up]
  Stand Boys Stand - Jerry Burnham, Tony Ellis, Stephen Wade ["It's an old pioneer trick."]
  Hog Fever (a) - Graham D.H. Preskett [hitchhiking]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [tornado]
  Merlin's Hill - Jennifer Jones [harp music]
  Action Cut A - Gregor F. Narholz ["Where's the road?"]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill [moss on rock]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["I know where I'm going."]
  The Krusty Krab Pizza - The Krusty Krab Pizza
  Funeral March - Otto Sieben [SpongeBob and Squidward exhausted]
  Cold Fear - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob refuses to give Squidward the pizza]
  Love for Sale A - Peter Fallowell [Squidward tries to tempt SpongeBob]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz ["Wait a second!"]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward chases SpongeBob]
  We're Saved - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob dances]
  Nostalgic Romance - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's not just a boulder, it's a rock."]
  Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer [pizza delivered to customer]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob cries]
  Leaf Blower - The Blue Hawaiians [Squidward walks up to the customer's door]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [ending]



  • As of June 10, 2014, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.4/10 based on 209 ratings by users.tt0769433 users give this episode a 9/10 based on 285 votes.[1]
  • This episode is number twenty on Tom Kenny's Top 20 on iTunes. His description says:

"The classic setup: SpongeBob and Squidward lost in the desert while delivering a pizza to a customer's home. Squidward just wants to get out of there, but SpongeBob sees his pizza delivery as a sacred oath between himself and the customer. I like when SpongeBob singing to himself - 'The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza' ...turns into a bizarre gospel jingle singer-'Krusty Kray -ya ya-yaa-aaab!'"

  • This episode was voted to be the number one SpongeBob episode of all time by fans in The Ultimate SpongeBob Sponge Bash.
  • In fan-voted SpongeBob SquarePants marathons, "Pizza Delivery" was ranked #29 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006 and #1 during The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash event on July 17–19, 2009.
  • On November 17–18, 2012, this episode was ranked #1 on the SpongeBob Top 100 Weekend on Nickelodeon Germany.
  • The episode is really popular, best known for its humor (such as pioneer tricks, "Krusty Krab Pizza is the pizza for you and me!", etc..), classic SpongeBob and Squidward plot, and is viewed by most fans as one of the best episodes to date, and a classic example of the greatness of the first few seasons.


  • This is the first time a tornado appears. The second time is in "Pineapple Fever."
  • This is the first time in which Squidward shows respect for SpongeBob, despite the fact that he does not like him and forcibly attempts to take the pizza from him in this episode as well.
  • The scene when SpongeBob and Squidward back up the boat with SpongeBob saying "backing up, backing up" repeatedly has become a popular meme on YouTube.
  • The fourth wall breaks, when SpongeBob is in the tornado, everything stops, and he is in midair, when he gasps and says "Squidward..."
  • This is the first time the Krusty Krab is shown to sell pizza. The second will be in "I ♥ Dancing."
  • Running Gag: Spongebob singing the the krusty krab pizza song and squidward trying to yet him to give him (squidward) the pizza.
  • The truck driver is voiced by Doug Lawrence, but the end credits mistake him to be voiced by Rodger Bumpass.
  • The episode foreshadows the ending towards the beginning of the episode when Squidward says "It is just around the corner".
  • Irony: The customer that ordered the pizza asks spongebob, "Didn't you ever once think of the customer?"

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob was called "Jethro" twice in this episode by Squidward. This is a reference to the T.V. show,  The Beverly Hillbillies.
  • Diet Dr. Kelp is a parody of Diet Dr. Pepper.


  • The steering wheel in the car is on the right instead of the left, suggesting that the car is British.
  • When SpongeBob is running away from Squidward, then hits him and falls on the ground, SpongeBob sits on the ground, missing his hat.
  • After Squidward is run over by SpongeBob's rock, his eyes just momentarily become the same color as his skin.
  • When SpongeBob is being blown around holding the pizza, the writing was towards him. When they were spit out, the writing was facing away from him.
  • When SpongeBob fills up the "pressure" in one of the car's tires, the hub cap disappears.



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